SAUNABLOGGER

Welcome to the cool Saunablogger blog, stories from saunas around the world, from Finnish smoke saunas to luxury spa saunas. Not to mention hotel saunas! The Saunablogger has explored saunas in 27 countries, in a total of 87 saunas. You can also click on the map below to see where in the world they took place.

The Saunablogger articles appeared orgiginally in the Blogspot Planetskier series, at TGR posts, or at the Relaa website. See also the articles about skiing, caving, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, and swimming.

All sauna-related articles:

Lounge sauna
Every time I fly out from the non-Schengen side of the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, I visit the new Finnair lounge sauna. Dark, hot bliss!
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November 2019, Helsinki-Vantaa, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Sauna at the Studio Hotel
On the following week, I managed to score a luxury accommodation, a hotel room with a window!
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November 2019, The Studio Hotel, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Room without a window
Connect Hotel: In my quest to try all the saunas in different hotels in Sweden (or Kista, at least) I booked this hotel for a very special price... only for me. Cheap, but the room didn't come with a window. That was fine, it was a hack-documents-until-2am day anyway.
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October 2019, Connect Hotel, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Sauna & Swim in Sofia
Before the Red Cross camp opened for the caving conference, I had to stay one night somewhere, and have a place for some work conference calls. I ended up selecting the Tsarsko Selo Spa hotel. An interesting place, with many saunas and pools :-)
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September 2019, Tsarsko Selo Spa hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Champagne served in a hot outdoor tub
This is how to serve champagne in Palju (a hot outdoor tub heated by wood fire): floating.
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September 2019, Kekkolan Kartano, Mikkeli, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Gallträsk swim
I've lived 25 years in Kauniainen, but today was the first time that I swam in our lake, the Gallträsk. A perfect, hot day for that.
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July 2019, Gallträsk, Kauniainen, Finland; House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

The Black Sauna at the Finnair Platinum Lounge
I am heading to the IAB workshop & IETF but not before trying the new black sauna at the Finnair lounge with Ari.
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July 2019, Helsinki-Vantaa, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Travel

Harmony Spa
Today I washed the sweat and dust of the day off at the Harmony Spa. Very, very nicely coloured sauna. Hot too. And a nice blue pool.
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July 2019, Harmony Spa, Budapest, Hungary
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

22th floor sauna
Once again in Kista, Stockholm. For work. In the summer everything seems to be better, though. Like hotel pricing. Apparently Kista is not a big vacation destination, so even the best hotels go for 60€ a night, so this time I'm staying at the Scandic Victoria.
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July 2019, Scandic Victoria, Kista, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Corporate sauna in a Russian harbour
I attended a workshop at a private corporate facility in Kirkkonummi, and it turns out that there was both a very nice sauna, swimming place, as well as ruins from the Russian occupation times: a railroad leading to a rock, almost disappeared harbour pier. Nice surprise!
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June 2019, Corporate Sauna, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Urban-exploration (Ruins)

Free sauna, but $$$ for shower
Kinnerstugan, north of Visby in Gotland, Sweden, has a nice sauna. Plenty hot! And it is free... except that you need 5 crown coins for the showers.
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June 2019, Kinnerstugan, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Recycling the Mäntyvihta
It turns out one can recycle the pine bath whisk. Just stick it in a terrace flower box, just like people normally decorate their terraces with evergreen tree branches.
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June 2019, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Den Haag Spa at the Crowne Plaza
For a work meeting, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Hague. It turned out that they had a nice spa area, with four different saunas and good pool.
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June 2019, Crowne Plaza, Hague, Netherlands
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Mäntyvihta (pine bath whisk)
Wow. This was something else, a vihta (bath whisk) made of pine branches.
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June 2019, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Lähteen sauna
My colleagues had organised an event at the Lähteen Sauna, in the area of the Lapinlahti mental institute. Ex. institute... and Lähteen sauna is as far as I know, the oldest still operating sauna in Helsinki that is still open to public.
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June 2019, Lähteen sauna, Lapinlahti, Helsinki, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Spreewald
While driving around in Germany, I had an opportunity to visit the Spreewald area.
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June 2019, Spreewald Therme, Burg, Germany
Swimming (Indoor); Sauna (Normal)

Yacht hotel. And a sauna. Obviously.

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May 2019, Mälardrottningen, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Hot Lake
While driving around a bit after the meeting ended that day, I came across a modest looking community swimming pool in Laugarvatn. But it turned out to be a luxury sauna - thermal bath facility, the Fontana. And it was on the beach of a lake where the warnings say the lake water is boiling at some places. Care for a swim?
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May 2019, Laugarvatn Fontana, Laugarvatn, Iceland; Hot Pot, Laugarvatn, Iceland
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Sauna (Normal, Steam)

Levi Hotel Spa
After the Ylläs competition, I first had a quick shower and sauna at the Pöllö next to the slopes. But since I had a long wait for my flight, I wanted to visit a proper spa. I had not been in the Levi Hotel Spa near the airport in a long time, so time for that today!
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April 2019, Levi Hotel, Levi, Finland
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Karlovy Vary
For afterski, I felt like I needed a shower. But maybe not just that... perhaps a sauna, or a dip into a pool. How about the divine thermal bath waters of Zámecké Lázně in the nearby Karlovy Vary?
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March 2019, Zámecké Lázně, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna magic experiments. Failed experiments.
I was inspired by this recipe for sauna scents, and wanted to try my own variants, one with juniper and another one with tar. But the experiments failed...
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March 2019, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Marco Polo's Sauna
While at Gudauri, we stayed at the Marco Polo hotel. The hotel has a spa, with a small sauna, pool, and a jacuzzi. The sauna is small but fiery. It was also fun to meet Russians who wanted to talk about the infamous (and sadly, deadly) Finnish-Russian sauna world championships...
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February 2019, Hotel Marco Polo, Gudauri, Georgia
Swimming (Indoor); Sauna (Normal)

WTF? No sauna???
I was in Kista once again, and this time tried out the new hotel, Comfort Hotel Kista. A new hotel building, and very, very nice. Modern rooms but still with a warm feeling. But WTF, how can one have a new hotel without a sauna???
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February 2019, Comfort Hotel Kista, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (None)

Back in the S.A.U.N.A.
After two weeks with stiches, finally got the OK to go back to the sauna again. Bliss!
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February 2019, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Laugaskard swimming pool
Amazing! The Laugaskard swimming pool is a community-run, swimming pool, gym, and sauna facility. What a wonderful, hot swim outside in the cold weather.
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February 2019, Laugaskard swimming pool, Laugaskard, Iceland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Steam)

No sauna for me -(
No sauna for me for the next ten days. I had a small operation on my hand... and the wound has to heal
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February 2019, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Swims were kinda average
I had an opportunity to swim twice this week. At a spa in the Tokyo evening, the water was so hot that my skin was hurting. And having come back home, I joined my colleagues for a visit at the Löyly in Helsinki. The water in the sea was ... also hurting my skin. But, on the average is was pretty nice temperatures. And in both places the views were great.
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January 2019, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan; Löyly, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Indoor); Sauna (Normal, Smoke)

Russian Sauna
What a wonderful sauna. So Finnish... or so Belarussian... or, really, Russian. The Russian sauna culture is similar to Finland's, except only more so. More hot, close to 110 degrees Celsius in my case. More snowplay. More cold water. More funny hats. Maybe also more vodka.
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January 2019, Silichy, Belarus
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Madonna di Sauna
The Hotel Milano in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, was our home for couple of days after the new year. I used their sauna every day... a typical small hotel basement sauna.
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January 2019, Hotel Milano, Madonna di Campiglio, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Sauna at the Stockholm Hilton
Over the years, I've stayed many times at the Hilton in Slusseln, Stockholm. Usually it is priced too expensive for me to be able to book it for business trips, but this time it was on offer at the same price as my other alternatives, so I took it. I had a visit in the sauna early in the morning before heading to my meetings.
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January 2019, Stockholm Hilton, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Löyly!
The Löyly sauna & restaurant in Helsinki has been the most notable architecture and experience thing of recent years in Helsinki. I've been there, but not yet in the sauna side. Today it changed because my co-workers organized a very nice event there for our surfing club...
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January 2019, Löyly, Helsinki, Finland
Sauna (Normal, Smoke); Swimming (Outdoor)

Boiling with the best Tokyo bay view
Huh, pretty hot weather. And hot sauna. Burning in both, almost. And thick carpets in the sauna! But what a view over the sea, Tokyo downtown, and the rainbow bridge.
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January 2019, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Indoor)

The Kauniainen Swimming Hall
I often go to various exotic saunas and swimming pools (or holes in ice), but I have to lift up also my home town swimming hall in Kauniainen. Small, old, and not particularly fancy. But, a very nice place to put in some laps.
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December 2018, Kauniaisten uimahalli, Kauniainen, Finland
Swimming (Indoor); Sauna (Normal)

No car, no skilift, no problem
No car, no skilift, no problem! My car is broken, but fortunately, since I live in the world's happiest town, I can walk to the ski hill, ski down to the bus stop, take the public transport to the public swimming pool, and lock my skis in the bike rack. And return by train.
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December 2018, Kauniainen ski hill, Kauniainen, Finland; Keski-Espoon Uimahalli, Espoo, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna in the middle of the living room
An infrared sauna in the middle of the living room? What an idea!
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November 2018, Cordial Golf and Wellness Hotel Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna at the Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza
Today I'm staying at the Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza. My usual hotel search includes the condition that it must have a sauna. Elite has one, too :-)
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November 2018, Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Bangkok Sauna
I also had to test the sauna at my meeting hotel, the Marriott Marquis Queen's Park Bangkok.
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November 2018, Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Amaranten Sauna
In the 1990s I used to spend a lot of time at the Amaranten hotel in Stockholm. It has been a long time... but now I visited it again. It is still quite a decent hotel, nice rooms. However, the sauna ... leaves something to be desired.
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October 2018, Clarion Hotel Amaranten, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Sauna in Harbin
I was on a business trip in Harbin, China, at a decent hotel, the Songbei Shangri-La. It turned out that they had a VERY nice pool and sauna area.
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September 2018, Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin, China
Swimming (Indoor); Sauna (Normal)

Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel
On my recent trip to Austria, I stayed for a few days in Hintertux at the Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel. Hintertux is already by itself an amazing environment with the green hills and towering mountains and glaciers. But the Berghof turned out to be perhaps the best sauna & spa hotel that I've been to!
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August 2018, Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel, Hintertux, Austria
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
I'm staying at a conference in Montreal, at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel.
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July 2018, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Own sauna and bath whisk from the garden!
Rare vihta from own garden. I should cut down an overgrown jungle of trees, but first things first: using the branches for a good purpose :-) And the tree-cutting... maybe some day.
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July 2018, House Arkko, Kauniainen, Finland
Sauna (Normal)

Sauna in Rome
After a day of waiting in lines for sights in 36 degree sunshine, it was time for a sauna. Fortunately, the Hilton Garden Inn at Calridge had one. Or two, really, a Finnish and Turkish saunas. Quite nice, quite hot, and there was a bucket of water to throw on the heater as well.
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July 2018, Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge, Rome, Italy
Sauna (Normal)

LivingWell at Heathrow Airport
The LivingWell gym club has a facility at the Terminal 4 Hilton in Heathrow. Is it any good?
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July 2018, Hilton Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor); Travel

Cleaning up rat shit in the cabin
+10C, raining, high winds, cleaning up ratshit in the cabin, a fallen tree on our swimspot... HAPPY MIDSUMMER!!!
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June 2018, Arkko summer cottage, Teisko, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor)

Camping Sauna
At the Lummelunda campsite, someone had constructed a sauna out of tarp. Rocks would be heated in a nearby fire pit, and then brought inside for the heating of the sauna.
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June 2018, Lummelunda campsite, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Solbergabadet
While at the caver's camp, I felt like I needed a shower... and a sauna. Solbergabadet in Visby to the rescue!
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June 2018, Solbergabadet, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

What's This?
Mystery metal hut. I was looking for an entrance to a tunnel I saw in Rotebro, but was in the end unable to find a way in. I did, however, find an odd, round metal hut at the top of the cliffs.
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May 2018, Metal hut, Rotebro, Sweden
Urban-exploration (Buildings); Sauna (Normal)

Santasport
45 minutes before I need to be at the airport. But I'm sweaty. Is there a sauna that I could visit? Yes there is. Santa's sauna.
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May 2018, Santasport, Rovaniemi, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Another visit to Kuusijärvi
1/ It is -15C 2/ I had a nice smoke sauna & dip to lake 3/ But my car... dead. Now waiting for the tow truck.
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February 2018, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Swim in the East Itäkeskuksen Uimahalli
I visited the Itäkeskus swimming hall after many years of not being there. It is one of my favourite community swimming pools.
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February 2018, Itäkeskuksen uimahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

February Swim
I went for a swim in the Allas Sea Pool today, again. Except that now it is February, and it is -5 C outside.
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February 2018, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Ice); Sauna (Normal)

Sauna at the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage
Janne and I visited Interlaken, and stayed at the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage. A grand, old style hotel, and I of course also wanted to visit their pool & saunas department.
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January 2018, Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, Interlaken, Switzerland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Upper House Spa. Wow.
It was worth waking up at 6:45am for this. If I wanted to visit the Upper House Spa at the 20th floor of this Göteborg skyscraper, I had go early before my meetings.
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January 2018, Upper House, Göteborg, Sweden
Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Kazakhstan Sauna!
It turned out that our hotel, the Uyut in Almaty had a sauna, and a small jacuzzi. The sauna was almost too hot, and there was no way to throw water on it.
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January 2018, Hotel Uyut, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Järva Sauna
I thought I was being smart, staying at a cheap hotel, at a Stockholm suburb I've never been to before, Järva. But there were surprises...
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January 2018, Ibis Järva, Järva, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Kuusijärvi Smoke Sauna
Kuusijärvi smoke sauna and beach. Great public sauna, maybe best around Helsinki (?)
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January 2018, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

December Swim
I went for a sauna and swim in the Allas Seapool today. Late arrival, after 8pm... and they were already closing at 9pm.
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December 2017, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Swissotel Singapore Sauna... Closed WTF?
I arrived... and needed a sauna. Or at least an excuse to completing that document. Actually, I really needed a sauna to wash off travel and to warm me up from the freezing aircon climate.
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November 2017, Fairmont Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

StayAt Sauna
This is the cheap and far-away hotel for my office visits in Sweden. But it is comfortable and the staff is friendly. I like it, now even more when I realised there's a sauna.
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October 2017, StayAt Kista, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Memory of a Sauna
Visited the Memory Hotel sauna. Free, but needs to be reserved. Sauna reservations are not my thing. But not a bad sauna at all! There's also a pool.
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October 2017, Memory Hotel, Kista, Sweden
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Krakow Sauna
I had an opportunity to visit a sauna in Poland. Obviously I took the opportunity!
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August 2017, DoubleTree Krakow, Krakow, Poland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Black Snow Apocalypse. Now.
Imagine bright, white snow, gently covering a mountain. Now imagine all that snow black, dirty. Melting hard ice, covered by an accumulation of pollution and dust from air. This is reality.
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August 2017, Hintertux, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Health; Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Four saunas in Dresden
Late arrival... quick dinner... and then onto testing the wellness area at Dresden's Hilton hotel. Usually, hotel saunas are simple, but not this one!
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July 2017, Hilton Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

GRUNT!
I'm between Czech Republic and Germany, on my way to a conference. Late night arrival... tired. But, the sauna at Hotel Grunt rescued me.
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July 2017, Hotel Grunt, Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
Sauna (Normal)

Arizona Sauna
I'm on vacation with Janne, a road trip through western US. Our hotel in Flagstaff turned out to have a sauna. Great!
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July 2017, Flagstaff Hilton Garden Inn, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Sauna at the Hilton... again
Long meeting... but for once, I had a free Sunday morning, so I went to the sauna and pool at the Prague Hilton. Hot... spacious and well-maintained sauna.
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July 2017, Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Sauna at Lummelunda Vandrarhem
Earlier this week I was on caving at the Lummelunda caving week. Afterwards... I needed some refreshing. Sauna to the rescue!
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June 2017, Lummelunda Vandrarhem, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Ice-swimming in Midsummer
I was just going to walk around in rain, but the sign for ice swimming caught my attention.
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June 2017, Allas, Helsinki, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor); Sauna (Normal)

Sauna at the Hilton
I had an opportunity to get an upgrade for my room at the Tallinn Hilton Park the other day. I don't usually care for upgrades, but this one had a perk: a sauna!
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June 2017, Hilton Tallinn Park, Tallinn, Estonia
Sauna (Normal)

Auberge and Spa Beaux Rêves
I'm wet. Cold. Sweaty. And have 16 hours of travel ahead of me. Auberge and Spa Beaux Rêves' sauna to the rescue!
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May 2017, Auberge et Spa Beaux Reves, Quebec, Canada
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)

Sauna at the Elite Palace
This week I'm working in Kista, and it seemed like someone had hogged all hotel rooms not just in Kista but Stockholm as well. I was lucky to get one night in a hotel in Kista, and now another night in town in one of the few remaining rooms in the city.
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May 2017, Elite Palace Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Saunablogger.cool Norway
Suffering... with no sauna after skiing. Skogstad hotel to the rescue!
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April 2017, Skogstad hotel, Hemsedal, Norway
Sauna (Normal); Food

Pool with a view
I'm staying at the Chicago Swissotel for a conference. There was a break in Internet connectivity while we were setting up our network, so I decided to visit the sauna and pool at the 42nd floor of this high-rise hotel.
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March 2017, Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

The New Leppävaara Pool
I have finally visited the refurbished Leppävaara swimming pool centre. Generally, a very positive experience! So many new pools!
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January 2017, Leppävaaran uimahalli, Espoo, Finland
Swimming (Outdoor, Water); Sauna (Normal)

Nippy? Swimming at -18C
Nippy a bit? Swimming at a lake when it is -18C.
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January 2017, Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

Swedish Sauna
I was on a work trip in the wonderful city of Kista, Sweden. I stayed at the Scandic Victoria. Our days were packed, but even if I came back very late from dinners, I wanted to do a quick test of the sauna in this fancy high-rise hotel. On floor 22, they have a gym and a sauna.
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December 2016, Scandic Victoria, Kista, Sweden
Sauna (Normal)

Conrad Seoul Sauna
When I travel, I try to find places where I can go to a sauna. It relaxes me... Last week I was in Seoul, South Korea, staying at the Conrad. This new hotel has a very nice gym & pool & spa area on the 8th floor. The pool is free of use for hotel guests, but the sauna costs 39,000 local (about 35€) to use. Nevertheless, I needed the relaxation. Badly.
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November 2016, Seoul, South Korea
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Sauna in Hangzhou
Another visit to a sauna in foreign land! This time in 杭州市 or Hangzhou, China! The sauna was in the Courtyard Marriott hotel that I stayed at. A bit dark and basic, but still large, and most importantly, the temperature was high enough and you were allowed to pour water to the heater!
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October 2016, Courtyard Marriott, Hangzhou, China
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

South... but not so south
I wanted go far this summer, ski the untried countries. But it was not to be, because work. And because Peru was cancelled.
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August 2016, Hintertux, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Hiking; Travel; Sauna (Normal)

Sauna in Shenzhen
As a saunablogger, I had to report that I've been to sauna in a new city: Shenzhen, China. The sauna was in the Pavillion hotel. Not a great sauna, but I'm glad I went anyway. Turning on the temp setting made the experience better.
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August 2016, Hotel Pavillion, Shenzhen, China
Travel; Sauna (Normal)

Soleil à Saint-Sauveur
It is late May, and Saint-Sauveur is one of the only two open ski areas in the east. And I've already been to the other one, Killington. And what's more, all the ski crazies are here!
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May 2016, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Titlis in the Darkness
You have to take six lifts to get to the top. And we were late, because travel. But it turns out you can also stay late. By the time we started our final 2km vertical descent, it was already dark.
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December 2015, Engelberg, Switzerland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Rock); Sauna (Normal)

Cave with a View
There are usually no great views from caves, at least not of the sunset. Except at Rokokallio.
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December 2015, Rokokallio, Vihti, Finland; Kuusijärvi, Vantaa, Finland
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Smoke); Swimming (Ice)

One of Those Rounds
This is how we do ski lifts in Finland. I wanted to give you a taste of one round of the 24-hour ski competition in Ylläs, Finland. As if doing 30+ miles of vertical in one day wouldn't be enough.
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April 2015, Ylläs, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Sauna im Stubai

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January 2015, Stubaital, Austria; Schlick 2000, Austria; Patschkofel, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Caving (Ice); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Lost World
The sun is still bright, but the environment is getting strange. Fog is engulfing us. Plants are starting to look pre-historic. And I'm hanging from a 100 meter rope, above the Lost World, a cave system in Waitomo, New Zealand. And it is starting to look like my landing spot is in the river at the bottom of the cave.
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August 2014, Waitomo, New Zealand
Caving (Rock); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Tourist in Beijing
A few free hours appeared in my schedule, so I wanted to become a tourist. And do all the usual things tourists do here in Beijing. Like going to the sauna or skiing.
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September 2013, Qiaobo, Beijing, China
Skiing (Indoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Sheep Skiing
The girl at the sheep farm gate is from Qatar. Most tourists here seemed to be from Middle East, so I ask her why she had come to Austria: "Because it is so cool, and the weather is nice." We are standing in cold rain, but I guess she prefers a change to the weather at home. But come to think of it, I too prefer cold and rainy.
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July 2013, Kaprun, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor)

Skiing in Aland
It is mid April and the sun is shining. Is there still some snow left somewhere? There is, at Aland! The Aland islands between Sweden and Finland are known for their sunny summers and flat landscape. I took a boat there to investigate if there'd be any skiing.
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April 2013, Germundo Alpin, Aland, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Yellow Snow
I always wanted to ski on yellow snow. Well, not really. But it always seemed that those fun half pipes were forbidden for skiers, so I was glad to find an empty half pipe in Tahko last Sunday. With no one to tell me that skiers were not welcome. Even if it was a yellow half pipe.
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April 2013, Tahko, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Inverted Heliski
Gotta love the French. Masters of bureaucratic directives. Or circumventing them. Take heliski, for instance. Heliski is illegal in France. But here we are, spending a day with skis and helicopters. For only 60€, to boot. It turns out that it is illegal to use a helicopter to take us to a mountain. But there is nothing that prevents using one take us from a mountain.
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February 2013, Alpe d'Huez, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Flying

Midnight Sun at Riksgransen
Many of my friends are regulars at Riksgränsen. But I had never been to this place that calls itself "Sweden's most legendary ski area". The legends are true. It is an amazing place. For starters, we were there in midsummer, skiing at midnight. In bright sunshine! The ski area is far above the arctic circle, and for about two months in the summer the sun does not set.
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June 2012, Riksgränsen, Sweden
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Afterski; Sauna (Normal); Urban-exploration (Buildings)

Grani Summer Ski
I am at the summer ski center in Kauniainen. It is +15 degrees Celcius in hot sunshine and a gentle, warm wind. It is a perfect day to go skiing, in my swimsuit. Today is First of May, a national holiday in Finland. Most people party hard or gather in crowds in the city center to do silly things. I've chosen to do my silly things here on my local ski hill.
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May 2012, Kauniainen ski hill, Kauniainen, Finland
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Hero or Bonehead?
While the opinions were split among the spectators that came to talk to me afterwards ("are you the guy who skied that?"), I think the answer is definitely "bonehead". This was just too dangerous. I need to go back to skiing safer slopes.
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April 2012, Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun, Austria
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Climbing (Mountain); Sauna (Normal)

Desperately Seeking After-Ski
I was depressed, alone and ready to hit the bed, walking towards my hotel when I saw the Ambiente Cafe.
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February 2012, Les Arcs, France
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal)

Family and Off-Piste Skiing in Are
As far as I can tell, Are is the best family ski resort on the planet.
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March 2011, Are, Sweden
Skiing (Outdoor, Snow); Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water)